Category Archives: Televison Reviews

American Odyssey [review]

I ran across American Odyssey on Hulu while literally struggling to find something good to watch. I enjoy this show by far and hope enough viewers are watching, so that it may progress. Because of the storyline, I do not see it being an ongoing series – it appears to be one of those shows that needs to solve its initial conflict and end. Unless there’s more entities to the show, I see no need to continue going on pass 2 (maybe 3) seasons. Once you watch it, mayebe you will share my opinion? It’s plot is sort of like a book, intrigue me, so I can find a new book to read.

American Odyssey is about an American woman soldier who finds herself a part of an American born conspiracy. She and her fellow troops are assassinated by Americans troops and believed to all to be dead. However, she is the only survivor, in which the American government is trying to hide and kill her. Basically the story covers her, her family in America and some associated people who are trying to help her and are aware of the conspiracy. Each episode is fulfilling and will leave you coming back for more. I wouldn’t call myself a diehard fan, but it is a great pass time show and well written.

NBC, Sundays 9/8 central

 

 

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starz series “POWER” [review]

So, Rapper 50 Cent is the producer of the new Startz series “Power”. Say what you want, but, I love 50 Cent’s hustle. He’s also a pretty good actor himself.

 

The series is starring Omar Hardwick, the fine well known actor of many independent/ black films as well as Kick Ass, Miracle at St. Anna, etc.  Most recently the Mary Jane series on BET. He played the cheating husband, who Gabriel Union is creeping with on the show. I didn’t closely follow this show, but I think the last season may have ended with him separating from his wife. So yeah, the cheating husband! I have to say, I love this guy’s bad boy image. I like how most of his roles portray a sinful act or criminal mentality, yet focuses on his justifications for doing so. Did I say he was fine?

Naturi Naughton is the leading lady of Power. In my research I found that she is a former member of the early millennium group “3LW”. I guess I didn’t recognize her. I remember her best from playing on the movie “Lottery Ticket” with Rapper/TV Host Bow Wow.  I like her as an actress, although I was a little skeptical of her position as the wife on this series. To me Omar looks more mature than she does. Although, I see she is holding her own, I would like to see recognition of their age differential be displayed. If you’re like me, when you’re watching a film, you enter the film. You become in twain with the art, the actors, the perception, for the duration of the film. In the back of my head, I keep saying “he is older than her”. Not that age is always a factor, but I’m just saying.  I can also see this actresses “acting” skills enhancing in the years to come!

The series is about a black man who is heavy in the drug game. However, now he is attempting to cross over by opening up a promenade night club. I believe he wants a safer, more commendable lifestyle for his family. His wife and close partner in crime, are not too happy about his decision. And, of course he’s “creeping” again in this role.

50 Cent has made an appearance as well. And I’m hoping we see more of him.

I like the series thus far and I hope the ratings are good, so it can keep going. I would advise anyone who has watched any of his previous films or like films in the arena of The Wire or Gangster films, to check it out. There are also some other well-known faces in the series. I won’t spoil the rest.

-Angel

You can watch Power on Startz Saturday nights at 9 pm.

 

Little Women: LA [review]

At any given moment there is a reality show airing on somebody’s network. So why not broadcast a show about “Little People” using the housewife; 4-7 ladies in an awkward friendship method?

The ice breaker of the show was the argument between the ladies about the use of the “m” word. I will be honest, before this show I had no idea the “politically correct” word is “little people”. Yet according to Tonya (one of my favs) the “m” word is just as offensive as the “n” word.  I respect her stand point, I really do. But as we all know, even the “n” word is subjective, circumstantial rather. Either, or, I respect the level of unacceptability and I totally get it – now.

Little Women: LA is about 6 women, who are supposedly longtime friends, living in Los Angeles. They appear to have realistic issues and life events, like the rest of us hormonal ladies. I really enjoy this show because it’s pretty much level minded and appears to be legitimate in its issues and sincerity. Like all reality shows there is a level of “drama”. However, these ladies “beef” and let it go! I love it! To me this is a real realization of friendship between the female genders. If you’re looking for a show that’s over the top and highly exaggerated, this is not it! Although, a lite sucker punch is thrown every now and again.

Here is my individual opinion about the ladies thus far:

Terra, I really like her. I do peep some instigating tendencies in her personality. But, for the most part I feel like her actions are justified in her own reasoning. I really wish that man of hers would “do better”. And I believe the majority of her acting out is due to some of the underline issues she and her man have.

Christy Christy, CHRISTY. I have a love/hate relationship with her, like the majority of the cast. This chick is a drama queen and just plain “extra”, witty and a little controlling (in my opinion). I don’t agree with the way she handles some situations and I would like to see her “do a little better”. Her fiancé (who I have nothing against) should also learn to stay out of conflicts between women (see episode involving Terra’s music video).  Also, I’m dying to know whether she’s telling the truth about her sobriety.

Briana appears to be an overall cool girl and level headed. To me she pretty much plays the safe role on the show. I would like to learn more about her.

Tonya is my kind of friend. She keeps it real, hunnie. She’s another cast member that pretty much gets along with everyone. I really hope things work out with her and this new dude, as well. She appears to be in a place in her life where she wants to love and be loved.

Elena causes unnecessary conflicts and stress on herself. I don’t believe it is done on purpose. And I believe a lot is related to her coming from a different culture, I think. Example: When she confronted Tonya’s BD (babydaddy). She was completely out of line. I mean, who does that? Overall, I don’t dislike her at all. She does appear to be a tiny itty bitty “cocky”. Just a little.

Traci is the conservative, modest one of the group. I have nothing necessarily negative to say about her. But, I do believe she is allowing Christy to get the best out of her emotions. I believe there is more than likely, justified reasoning for the “resistance in allowing the better side” of their friendship to show. Yet, Traci should get over it and enjoy her wedding preparation period. I also know there are two sides to every story. I’m waiting for more of this Traci/Christy situation to arise.

Overall, I give this show 4/5 for what it is. I also think the producers picked a good mix of personalities. They may need to unlock more to keep the audience attention. I for one appreciate the ease of the show.

-Angel

Tune in for a new episodes of Little Women: LA Tuesday at 9/8c on Lifetime

http://thegrio.com/2014/06/17/little-women-star-tonya-banks-says-midget-is-as-offensive-as-the-n-word/